A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American

A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American

What drove U.S. Catholics in their arduous quest, full of twists and turns over more than a century, to win an American saint? The absence of American names in the canon of the saints had left many of the faithful feeling spiritually unmoored. But while canonization may be fundamentally about holiness, it is never only about holiness, reveals Kathleen Sprows Cummings in th...

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Title:A Saint of Our Own: How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American
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  • Nan Williams

    The author most assuredly had her own agenda and hammered her point in every chapter. The message I got –repeatedly- was that because there had never been any American canonized by The Holy See, American Catholics felt like a step-child in the global reach of Catholicism. I read, repeatedly, that an American saint would bring American Catholics into a closer union with the Vatican, increasing American involvement (donations?) and increasing Vatican interest in American lives. It would give crede

    The author most assuredly had her own agenda and hammered her point in every chapter. The message I got –repeatedly- was that because there had never been any American canonized by The Holy See, American Catholics felt like a step-child in the global reach of Catholicism. I read, repeatedly, that an American saint would bring American Catholics into a closer union with the Vatican, increasing American involvement (donations?) and increasing Vatican interest in American lives. It would give credence to Catholicism (which our author considered a minority religion) as significant in American life and politics. And it would give credence to American Catholicism to the Vatican. Her arguments in this vein went on and on and on, chapter after chapter.

    She touted several people whom she thought should have been considered for sainthood the past 200 years. What I understood from the book was that those she nominated were simply good and God-fearing people, but not people to whom miracles had been ascribed nor confirmed. I kept reading to find out more about the people to whom she ascribed sainthood, but never really got an understanding there.

    Since this book has been available for early reading and reviewing for several months, I was wondering why no one had reviewed it either on NetGalley nor GoodReads. I appreciate this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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